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Speaking to Sky Sports, David de Gea has admitted Manchester United’s current struggles are the worst it has ever been in his time at the club.
What did he say?
The Red Devils have endured a miserable start to the current campaign, finding themselves in twelfth place with just nine points from their opening eight Premier League games.
Following their 1-0 defeat to Newcastle on Sunday afternoon, De Gea delivered a withering assessment of just where United stand at the moment.
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When asked what is going wrong at the club, the Spaniard said: “Everything. I think a lot of things need to improve. They were the better team today. I don’t know what to say, really. Just keep trying, keep fighting, keep improving every day. It’s a hard moment for us, a difficult moment, but we are United and we need to keep fighting.
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“Probably the worst time, most difficult time, since I’ve been here. I don’t know. I don’t know what is happening. Come on, we cannot score even one goal in two games. Sorry to the fans. We will keep fighting for sure, we will come back, but at the moment we are in a difficult situation. It’s a hard moment for us. The most difficult time since I’ve been here. I don’t know why or what is happening.”
Hearing De Gea come out with such a powerful statement on United’s woes really puts into perspective how quickly the club have fallen in recent times. The Spain international was there for the Premier League title triumph back in 2013, and is in a better position than most, to really see the painful differences that exists.
Who is to blame for United’s decline?
It’s fair to say the goalkeeper didn’t mince his words when it came to what he felt is going wrong at Old Trafford. But his “we cannot score even one goal in two games” line really hit home. The 28-year-old has to watch on as the rest of his teammates fluff their lines, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must heed the words of one of his main stars. More emphasis on attacking football, and an absolute necessity to sort out their striker problems in January.